There was a product launch two weeks ago that swept the world in a haze of infectious nanobot technology. At least, that's the only explanation we can come up with as to why everyone is so head-over-heels in love with the iPhone 5. As mentioned last week, every Apple release has problems that
most turn a blind eye to and the latest Apple product is no exception. However, while we mentioned scratches and dents being included with your new gadget purchase, we didn't really cover the software side of the new iPhone operating system, iOS 6. Why is that? Well, I'm not really sure why we missed the ball on that one.
Everyone and their parents (who are
loving the iPhone 5, by the way) knew that Apple was moving away from Google Maps as the map provider for the new software and everyone knew that the app was so bad that it if you pulled up the Hoover Dam, Apple considered the structure to be a road, all the way down to the bottom of the dam. That, on top of the app simply not loading, the random restarts and having customers lose all of their data when launching the app, caused even the most in-love supporter of the fruit to turn their head and question what Apple was doing. So much so, that Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, had to issue a public apology this week for the debacle that is Apple Maps.
What did Tim have to say and what are customers supposed to use while this app is completely broken? We have all of that information after the break.
Despite the company's
love for Windows Phone, an open platform and great partnerships with big names, Spotify still manages to get a bad rap. Be it the lack of pay for the artists who deliver the content to the platform or due to the periodic outages, vinyl lovers everywhere are always quick to knock the European-based company more than the rest of the music streaming services. The good news is that the NPD recognizes that people listen to digital music and look at guys like Pandora and Spotify with an unbiased eye. This week, NPD had some good news for the boys in green as far as what Spotify's subscribers end up doing after they listen to a track on the service.
One of NPD Group's analysts, Russ Crupnick, said that since the landing of Spotify here in the States just over a year ago, Spotify listeners are actually
twice as likely to go and purchase a song on iTunes or Amazon that they've heard. The best part? Those listeners are not the paid subscribers and are listening free.
I can tell you that we see Spotify (I'm talking free) users more than twice as likely to be buying digital downloads compared to non-users, and that ratio has not changed since the introduction in Q3 '11.
So while an artist may only make pennies per play on Spotify each time a user presses play on a song, they're getting 40% of whatever purchases that same user may make. It's time to chow down on some stats.
Crupnick says once NPD is able to trend a full year of Spotify's growth and usage, it will be able to drill-down more specifics on how much Spotify is impacting sales in the music industry. I'm just excited to see a company that I absolutely stand behind do so well. The service is great, they show a tremendous amount of love and support to their developers and they offer up a ridiculous amount of music and podcasts that listeners otherwise wouldn't know about. Click the source link below to read up on the entire report, which does include stats about Pandora's usage, the iTunes user experience and more. I just felt it was only right to be one of the few who will give the positive nod to Spotify when they're doing well.
38% of Spotify users report buying a song download in the past 3 months, compared to 17% for non-users (of Spotify). 36% of the tracks that Spotify users acquire are from paid download stores, a 'reasonably steady' number. (The rest is CDs, borrowing and burning/ripping, BitTorrent, etc.)
If you have watched television or Hulu over the past few weeks, you know Verizon has been touting the size of its 4G LTE network and the fact that it is larger than the other 3 networks combined. Sprint plans
to close that gap over the next few months, but it won't be as easy as they thought.
In preparation for the launch of the
iPhone 5, the first handset from Apple to support LTE despite the technology being standard last year, Verizon and AT&T have spent time setting up new markets with LTE hardware. After Verizon's latest round of pre-iPhone 5 LTE launches, they now claim to cover more than 75 percent of the US population with their LTE network. That doesn't mean they are done, though. In a statement, Verizon regional president Jonathan LeCompte said,
We will continue expanding and enhancing our 4G LTE network across the country to provide our customers with the best wireless experience possible and enable them to take advantage of the innovations that are being brought to market through 4G LTE technology.
Verizon isn't the only company expanding its LTE coverage. Hit the break to see what AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are doing.
In typical Apple form, on launch day everyone goes crazy and stands in line for a phone
with "innovative" technologies from two years ago. Immediately after the climactic event, the Kool-Aid wears off and everyone realizes the problems that exist with the product. However the good news is that Apple and their fans will claim that the problem is with you, like in the instance of you holding the iPhone 4 in the most incorrect way possible: normally. Plus, we can't forget earlier this year when the new iPads were getting so hot that they could cook your eggs. Apple didn't officially respond to that one but I will go ahead and attempt a response I feel will suit the problem.
We have heard reports of the new iPad burning the skin on users' thighs. Because the temperature is hot enough to cook eggs, we suggest instead of using it on or near your body, to instead replace your conventional stove with the new iPad and cook your entire breakfast on its metallic back. Apple ensures that all of our products maintain the highest standards in quality, technology and stainless steel culinary surfaces.
So, now that we're all caught up on how the process works, let's bring the latest product into the picture, the iPhone 5. The latest Apple gadget came out this week and the masses flocked to the company for their next fix. The same applies to the iPhone 5 as described in the scenario above, so of course there is a problem with this iPhone as well. However it is not antenna issues or overheating. Instead, our good friends over at Foxconn have saved Apple consumers everywhere of having to use the device and put their own dings and scratches on it. Included in the $600 price tag this year is what I am calling "pre-established technology wear and tear." You heard right, users all over the world have reported that their iPhone 5 box looks like it was "dropped from 10 feet and dented" and that their kind-of-smartphone already has minor scratches, dents and dings on it.
For more on this new craze of having manufacturers mess up your phone so you don't have to and what Apple users are saying about it, click the break.
It would appear that Seth MacFarlane, creator of
Family Guy, American Dad, Ted and more, likes sleeping as little as I do. To prove it, he has pitched and gotten approval for a new series for FOX. Unlike his current series, this one will be live-action instead of animated. Apparently the fun of producing Ted inspired him to try a long-term live-action project.
He will be working with long-time MacFarlane writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, who will write and executive produce the project with MacFarlane. The pair has been working on
Family Guy since 2005, and are currently executive producers on that series as well. They were also co-writers on Ted, so they have certainly proven themselves to take on this project.
So, what is the series about? It revolves around 2 30-something, successful guys whose father ends up living with them. This is the kind of scenario that MacFarlane and team thrive on, and FOX knows it. For now, FOX has green-lit a put pilot for a multi-cam series for now, but it isn't often that a pilot pitched by MacFarlane isn't picked up, so we can probably expect to see this series next season.
So, do you think Seth MacFarlane can pull off a live-action television series or should he stick to animation? Let us know in the comments.
PlayStation Mobile, Sony's answer to Xbox Live on Windows 8 and Windows Phone, seems to have arrived, and with some limited details. Last mentioned at
E3 2012, seemingly in passing and not out of interest, there was little information presented in their 2.5 minute presentation. All we left knowing was that HTC was going to support the platform. What we didn't know was exactly what would be available and when it would launch.
This week, Sony finally decided to answer those questions for us. First, we now know that the platform will launch on October 3rd. It will be available on PlayStation-Certified devices, like the announced HTC partnership, and PlayStation Vita. So, what exactly is PlayStation Mobile? Sony describes it like this:
PlayStation Mobile is a brand new platform for tablets and smartphones that offers PlayStation-like experiences on a number of different mobile devices.
So, it is a unified PlayStation experience across multiple mobile platforms. That sounds vaguely familiar:
Xbox Live on Windows Phone and Xbox Live on Windows 8, or Apple's Game Center anyone?
So, it is an established concept, sure. How does Sony, who has been losing ground in the gaming realm, going to differentiate itself? Hit the break to find out.